Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

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Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

Post by Janiporo » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:42 am

EDIT: This effects all versions from 17.3 to 18.3

I currently setup my monitors with "Nvidia Xserver Settings"-GUI applet. I can see monitors fine, and set them up. But they do not work properly.

When using right monitor as main monitor (as it is with my setup), my left monitor is blank, only with task bar and normal-cursor, black desktop, If I try to open something to the left monitor (from task bar), it opens to the right monitor, right monitor works perfectly.

EDIT: this was the case in 18.1 [or 17.3], on 18.3 left monitor is black, and only cursor visible.

OS: Linux Mint Mate 18.1 / 64Bit, fresh install.
Graphics: Palit GTX-460 --> http://www.palit.com/palit/vgapro.php?i ... 40F&tab=ov
Left monitor is VGA / Viewsonic VA2216w (screen 1)
Right monitor is DVI / Acer AL2423W (Screen 0)
Latest Proprietary driver: Version 375.66

Output of:

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xrandr --output VGA-0 --auto
is:

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warning: output VGA-0 not found; ignoring
output of:

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xrandr
is:

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Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1920 x 1200, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-I-0 disconnected primary (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-I-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DVI-I-2 connected 1920x1200+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 518mm x 324mm
   1920x1200     59.95*+  59.88  
   1680x1050     59.95  
   1600x1200     60.00  
   1440x900      59.89  
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
   1280x960      60.00  
   1280x720      60.00  
   1152x864      75.00  
   1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00  
   800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25  
   640x480       75.00    72.81    59.94  
when I flip around ( with "Nvidia Xserver Settings"-GUI applet.) --> left (VGA1) to screen 0 and Right (DVI) to screen 1, things are reversed, the DVI is not recognized (by xrandr), and the left VGA monitor activates normally, right stays "blank" (picture later in the post)


Here is output of xrandr in that case (VGA-0 changed --> screen0)

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Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1680 x 1050, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-I-0 disconnected primary (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VGA-0 connected 1680x1050+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 495mm x 291mm
   1680x1050     59.95*+
   1600x1200     60.00  
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
   1280x960      60.00  
   1152x864      75.00  
   1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00  
   800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25  
   640x480       75.00    72.81    59.94  
DVI-I-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
It seems that second monitor output is always lost somewhere in xrandr, you can see the ones not connected, but not the connected (screen 1).

So --> How do I force VGA (screen 1) active, when DVI (screen 0) is main monitor?


I had similar issue with Ubuntu earlier on (14.04 perhaps?) And that is why I changed to Mint. In Mint 17.0, double monitors work out of the box, but I want to upgrade.
It does not help using different proprietary driver, or newest kernel. I have all updates installed right now.

And I DO need two separate x-screens for my setup, need to be able separately turn cubes :roll:



PS: I am collecting data all over the internet, and adding it to here, even if I sort this out on my own, others can read this and get the help they need.
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Re: Mint 18.1 Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized by xrandr

Post by Janiporo » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:24 am

Something is happening, if I run from right (screen 0 / DVI) monitor following:

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DISPLAY=:0.1 xrandr
Then I get:

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Screen 1: minimum 8 x 8, current 1680 x 1050, maximum 16384 x 16384
VGA-0 connected primary 1680x1050+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 495mm x 291mm
   1680x1050     59.95*+
   1600x1200     60.00  
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
   1280x960      60.00  
   1152x864      75.00  
   1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00  
   800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25  
   640x480       75.00    72.81    59.94  
Seems that it is recognized after all, but somehow not from main monitor...
Any ideas?

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Re: Mint 18.1 Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized by xrandr

Post by Janiporo » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:51 pm

Still no help? Anyone? :roll:

Does anyone have this setup working with separate x-screens? (Linux Mint Mate 17.3, or newer)

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Re: Mint 18.3 twin monitor problem

Post by Janiporo » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:20 pm

Now installed Mint Mate 18.3 (not Beta) and same problem persists, now screen is blank and all I can get there is the cursor.

Does ANYONE have this setup (separate x-screens) working? Could it be because monitor number 2 is connected via VGA? (EDIT: No, installed DVI-monitor, read on) :roll:

If I try

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DISPLAY=:0.1 firefox
then both monitors start blinking in turns. Firefox does start on second monitor, but it seems something is badly conflicting, since output is so messed up.

Monitors are not identical, and have different resolutions.

Here is output of:
sudo lshw -C video

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  *-display               
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: GF104 [GeForce GTX 460]
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:31 memory:f2000000-f3ffffff memory:e8000000-efffffff memory:e4000000-e7ffffff ioport:bc00(size=128) memory:c0000-dffff
And here is output of:
inxi -Fxz

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System:    Host: poro-desktop-i7 Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P7P55D v: Rev 1.xx
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 2101 date: 10/20/2011
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7 860 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 22469
           clock speeds: max: 2801 MHz 1: 1467 MHz 2: 1333 MHz 3: 1333 MHz
           4: 1200 MHz 5: 1200 MHz 6: 1200 MHz 7: 1200 MHz 8: 2400 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GF104 [GeForce GTX 460] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 driver: nvidia
           Resolution: 1920x1200, 1680x1050
           GLX Renderer: GeForce GTX 460/PCIe/SSE2
           GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 384.90 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA GF104 High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Card-2 Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: c800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2560.5GB (0.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_SVP200S size: 60.0GB temp: 42C
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST2000DM001 size: 2000.4GB temp: 56C
           ID-3: /dev/sdc model: SAMSUNG_HD501LJ size: 500.1GB temp: 54C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 22G used: 6.3G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 12.88GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0C mobo: 41.0C gpu: 0.0:68C 0.1:68C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1834 psu: 0 sys-1: 2640 sys-2: 660
Info:      Processes: 227 Uptime: 17 min Memory: 908.1/12010.5MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
If that helps.
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Re: Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

Post by Janiporo » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:12 pm

Now I removed the VGA-monitor, and installed DVI-monitor. (so now both monitors are DVI, and on the same graphics card, of course). Then also reinstalled operating system, but no, other monitor stays black, except for mouse cursor.

What can I do wake the other desktop?

Another thing is weird, if I try to open firefox to the second monitor, both start blinking fast in turns, and I can see the firefox started there, but there is no simultaneous picture on both monitors.

This is the command to start firefox on second screen:

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DISPLAY=:0.1 firefox
Every other program I try does the same.

When typing:

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cat /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf
tells me following:

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# This file was installed by nvidia-384
# Do not edit this file manually

blacklist nouveau
blacklist lbm-nouveau
blacklist nvidia-current
blacklist nvidia-173
blacklist nvidia-96
blacklist nvidia-current-updates
blacklist nvidia-173-updates
blacklist nvidia-96-updates
blacklist nvidia-384-updates
alias nvidia nvidia_384
alias nvidia-uvm nvidia_384_uvm
alias nvidia-modeset nvidia_384_modeset
alias nvidia-drm nvidia_384_drm
alias nouveau off
alias lbm-nouveau off

options nvidia_384_drm modeset=0
If that helps anything.

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Re: Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

Post by Janiporo » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:59 am

Mint 17.2 has following specs:
Driver version 384.90
Xserver 1.15.1
And that combination works.

Mint 17.3 has:
Driver version 384.90
Xserver 1.17.1
And that does not work.

So something went wrong between Xserver 1.15.1 and 1.17.1

Mint 18.3 has:
Driver version 384.90
Xserver 1.18.4
Also that does not work.

So to be clear, mint 17.2 works fine with separate xscreens, but Mint 17.3 (and anything newer) does not.

Any ideas?

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Re: Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

Post by Janiporo » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:18 am

Bump

Anyone? I must upgrade my OS, since there is no support anymore for Opera browser and (chromium) flash-plugin (do not work together, so can not update Opera) :roll:

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Re: Mint 18.3 (17.3-18.3) Mate + GTX 460 twin monitor setup problem (separate x-screen), monitor 2 not recognized

Post by solarbear » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:35 am

Hello,

i just recently had an episode with my gtx 460. I had a 24" benq hooked up to hdmi, and a 22" dell hooked up with vga through a dvi adapter. the dell was stuck at 1024x768 even though it was supposed to be 1680 x 1050/ I had to research the dell monitor to get the correct hotizontal and vertical refresh hertz rates and open the xorg as admin located in etc/...11 and manually edit both refresh rates to the correct values. this worked for me....hope this helps. that refresh rate has to be right or all kinds of things go awry

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